IOW Sheriff’s Office prepared for this weekend

Published 10:20 am Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office spent Friday preparing for the predicted snow, which began late that night; it’s anticipated to continue through late this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield.
“Our first priority is the safety and well-being of all citizens in Isle of Wight County. We have scheduled extra personnel to supplement each shift and have also adjusted our fleet of patrol vehicles to ensure that we are able to reach our citizens should the need arise,” stated spokesman Lt. Tommy Potter in a press release on Friday afternoon. “As you can imagine, with over 360 square miles to patrol, the ability to reach all areas of the county is a priority. We ask that you limit travel … We expect our secondary roads to be impassable and the primary roads to be dangerous. In the event of careless and unnecessary travel, our deputies may be tied up assisting stranded motorist and could be delayed in responding to 911 emergencies.”
The 911 center is staff can be contacted via phone or text at the number. Potter stressed for people to call only if there’s a true emergency. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number of 357-2151.
The Smithfield Assembly of God is serving as the county’s shelter at this time.